ByMatt Juul, writer at
MMA and Entertainment Writer
Matt Juul

From top to bottom, proved to be one of the most exciting cards that the mixed martial arts promotion has put on so far this year.

While and made headlines for their impressive title defenses in the main and co-main events, the undercard fighters did their fair share to get the Dallas crowd on its feet during Saturday night's festivities. Between big finishes and a heavyweight clash for the ages, the UFC's latest event wasn't short on exciting moments.

Check out which fighters' hype trains we're boarding following UFC 211.

Dustin Poirier

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Photo by Jerome Miron / USA Today Sports

Although the bout was mired in a Chris Weidman/Gegard Mousasi-style controversy, Dustin Poirier definitely made a splash in his fight against former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

Despite being ruled a no-contest following a barrage of illegal knees, Poirier was actually in control for the majority of the match and was on the verge of adding a very impressive win to his resume. Even though it won't help his record, Saturday's fight was the second eye-catching performance by Poirier in a row after his Fight of the Night-winning decision over Jim Miller earlier this year.

Since the only two losses in his last 10 fights have come at the hands of and Michael Johnson, Poirier is proving to be a powerhouse, especially now that he's competing at lightweight. He can clearly hang with championship caliber opponents, and deserves another showcase fight if he doesn't run back the tape with Alvarez.

Chase Sherman and Rashad Coulter

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Photo by Jerome Miron / USA Today Sports

Miocic and dos Santos weren't the only heavyweights who brought the heat over the weekend in Texas.

Chase Sherman and Rashad Coulter brawled their way to a well-deserved Fight of the Night honor, putting in close to two full rounds of brutal action inside the Octagon. While Sherman ultimately took home the finish with his highlight reel, walk-off elbow KO, Coulter showed that he had an iron chin and the heart of a warrior. He just kept walking through nearly every blow thrown at him until the final attack, a feat that seemed like a scene out of a Rocky movie.

It's too early to tell whether either up-and-comer will become a serious contender, but one thing's for sure, they definitely know how to put on a show.

Jason Knight

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Photo by Jerome Miron / USA Today Sports

Rising featherweight star Jason Knight got in on the bonus action with his TKO win over Chas Skelly.

Knight earned his third extra paycheck in four fights with the Performance of the Night honor on Saturday, proof that this 24-year-old Mississippi native is a force to be reckoned with at 145. Now 4-1 in the UFC with four straight wins, Knight will be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.


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